February 6, 2019 at 3:46 pm #2204269
Happy waiting 🙂February 6, 2019 at 7:09 pm #2204629
I took REG on 1/22 and am taking BEC a week from today (2/13). I will find out both scores on the Feb 26th score release; which happens to be 2 days after my birthday and also during finals week. It certainly will be one of the most stressful days of my life. I'm praying for two passing scores as a birthday gift from NASBA though so that I could be done with this exam! Wishing everyone else luck as well.February 7, 2019 at 9:41 am #2205313
This release is the worst one yet. I find out if I am finally done or if I am back to studying until April. BEC is officially my least favorite exam! Good luck everyone!February 7, 2019 at 1:04 pm #2205604
Terrified for BEC on Monday 2/11… then the waiting beginsFebruary 7, 2019 at 1:05 pm #2205613
waiting for FAR…taken it way too many times! If I pass, I'm done…if not, I lose BEC. I am praying for a pass!!!February 8, 2019 at 9:59 pm #2207746
lILI889ParticipantFebruary 9, 2019 at 2:04 pm #2208652
I'm hoping this is the last time I ever have to wait for a score. I passed BEC back in Q1 2017 before the exam had simulations. Then, I failed REG this past August Q3 2018 with a 71, which resulted in me losing BEC credit. I passed REG in Q4 and got the passing score on my 25th birthday! I just took the new version of BEC on 1/30 a few weeks ago. I need to write it here to speak it into existence.
Good luck to all of us!February 9, 2019 at 2:12 pm #2208667
How was BEC? I heard B1 and B6 are 50% of the exam.February 10, 2019 at 8:05 am #2209408February 10, 2019 at 9:18 am #2209465
B1 in Becker is Corporate Governance which consists of COSO, ERM, SOX. B6 is all the IT stuff.
If you have a minute or two to spare, could you maybe answer the following questions regarding BEC?
1.) Did you find that you had a lot of computational MCQ's or were they mostly conceptual?
2.) With regards to the IT portion, did you feel that Roger prepared you well? or did the IT questions seem like they were out of left field.?
3.) Lastly, would you say variance was a big topic on your exam?
Any suggestion you may have for the exam would be greatly appreciated. Taking BEC this Wednesday.February 12, 2019 at 7:24 am #2212570
1 – Not to be vague, but I truly do feel like it was an even mix, but I will say I definitely used my white boards before I even got to the sims. Although I don't personally do this, I've heard others recommend you knock out your conceptual questions first, and then do your calculations as you'll have more time to work through them. I kind of got hung up on this one question for overthinking, so I maybe should have tried that approach.
2 – I thought Roger was fine both times for IT. I use ninja for MCQ, though, and I would definitely say there were some new topics regarding bitcoin/cryptocurrencies/Saas that were not covered in my Roger book. I remember specifically looking at the ninja book for these few topics only because they showed up in Ninja MCQ. Otherwise, I would not have known to look up information on them. However, if you don't have the Ninja book/notes for this topic, it will not be detrimental to you passing.
3 – Being that cost accounting is about 20% of the exam, I would recommend you definitely know your variances. I found that to be the major focal point in studying the cost accounting section of the exam, especially in the Roger book.
Last minute things that I studied on the night before the test:
Econ – understand monetary and fiscal policies and which ones would be used during inflationary/deflationary periods
Corporate Gov – COSO/ERM
FinMan – you need to understand what these formulas tell us. also know the basics like turnover formulas, liquidity formulas, costs of capital (debt and equity)
Cost Accounting – variances (REMEMBER!! “Standard Allowed for Actual”); also understand how goods flow in a manufacturing company (Raw Materials > WIP > COGM > FG > COGS)
IT – literally just definitions in my opinion
I think most importantly, I feel as though you just have to know how to interpret the question. On test day, I feel that the AICPA asks questions in weird ways, as compared to our review courses.
Hope this helps!February 12, 2019 at 9:17 am #2212726
Bouncing off Alexis's thought… I actually thought the exam was super uneven. IT was 75% of my exam. There was no escaping it. Disappointed I did not get any computation stuff. I felt like I took a definitions exam which I do not think Becker personally prepared me well for. Guess I will know for sure on the 26th.February 12, 2019 at 9:24 am #2212729
Green CPAParticipantFebruary 12, 2019 at 10:38 am #2212780
I took it a couple weeks ago. I was the same as you on the SIMs. I thought they were all pretty manageable. The last 2 were difficult and I had to make educated guesses on those.
For MCQS, I definitely struggled. My first set was hard and I thought the second set felt about the same.
Based on your post, it sounds like you passed.
If I failed I know it wasn't by much and it would be due to MCQ performance.February 12, 2019 at 2:53 pm #2213269
Just took FAR today, this was my first time sitting for an exam and I feel indifferent on if I passed or not, definitely did not come out feeling like I aced it though. MCQ's had alot more short questions compared to the review material I was studying which seems to be normal based on reading the forums.
I am curious about the second MCQ testlet being harder or not. I had a lot more computational problems on the second testlet compared to the first so I am not sure if that relates to how I did on the first testlet (which had a lot of short conceptual questions). Can anyone explain their experience with the second testlet being more difficult?February 13, 2019 at 10:44 am #2214403February 13, 2019 at 8:29 pm #2215159
To be honest I can't even remember all of the SIMs I had, not sure if that is a good thing or not haha.
I am 95% sure I found the research question but I was stuck between two different paragraphs that seemed to answer the question.
Had a 2-3 that had quite a few documents but only one of them really stumped me. My final testlet had a Consolidated FS which I thought I was going to ACE because I actually rewatched the Wiley consolidated FS lectures Monday night. But man it threw me for a loop. There were like 8 exhibits with it and I was stuck. I knew the typical eliminating entries for Equity and Investments but feel like I still dropped the ball on that one.
Also had a DTA/DTL SIM that annoyed me. It was a very brief SIM but really focused on one topic that was not covered in Wiley at all.\
And had a document review SIM which I probably got half right.February 14, 2019 at 5:39 am #2215465
This score release is hopefully my last. I'm so ready to be over this so I can get back to my regular life lol. Sadly I didn't feel good about it when I left. I reviewed in the car in the morning before I tested, like I always do, and after the first hour I kept getting headaches everytime I started reviewing. I swear I would've gotten more in my brain had I written it on a sticky note, stuck it to a brick wall, and smacked my forehead against it lol. I can't wait to be a CPA. I think my oldest kid is just as excited to find out as I am lol.
Good luck!February 14, 2019 at 7:17 am #2215492
I'm either done or have another battle with FAR. After reading the above from Michael I'm pretty sure we had the same sim experience. MCQ seemed almost too perfectly aimed at my strong areas so it's really just the sims that have me spooked at this point. Didn't leave anything blank, finished with 1 minute flashing red on the counter.
Good luck and here's hoping for at least a day early release!February 14, 2019 at 8:05 am #2215513
For those asking about BEC: I took it right when they first made the big changes in summer of 2017 and IT was more than half the exam. There were so many “define this IT term” on my exam that Becker did not prepare me for. I passed cause I personally thought those IT questions were pre-test. If they are still including those questions that probably means they are not pre-test, but logically guessing will get you the right answer. Good luck!February 14, 2019 at 1:25 pm #2216062
@michael I think we had the same DTA/DTL SIM – I am pretty good with that subject but it was weird and aimed at stuff I haven't seen, either. Maybe that was the pretest!February 14, 2019 at 1:27 pm #2216071
Just a heads up, if you haven't checked already, the score preview before the actual score release trick still works. If you took an exam for the Dec 19 or Feb 5 score release then you still have your score report until 2/28 on your gateway and it updates in real time so that on score release day it'll flip your section from ATTENDED to CREDIT or NO CREDIT.
I checked mine just before my test on 2/8 and it was NO CREDIT then the day after my test it updated to ATTENDED for FAR so now I have something to refresh all day on 2/25 (if early release).February 14, 2019 at 1:55 pm #2216128
@Josh. If you took an exam for the 12/19 score release, the score report was removed from the portal as of 1/31/2019 (or at least that's what happened to me). Also, don't bother checking the portal everyday. Even with the “view score report” cheat, at best you usually can only find out the day before the actual score release. I took FAR in November and got my score report on 12/10. I took AUD on 12/8 and was supposed to get my score on 12/19 but the score form changed to AUD on the morning of the day before (12/18).February 14, 2019 at 2:08 pm #2216164
@steven my score report from 12/19 is still showing available until 2/28 so maybe it varies by state? I'm not sure on that.
Also I'm not suggesting to check every day, the trick implies checking the day of early or actual score release. What you described is exactly the point of the trick, you get to see if you passed before you actually get your score. Likely scenario will be early release on 2/25 around 8pm but my last score report will update probably by early afternoon that day to show credit.
Just giving people a heads up the trick didn't go away with the windows going back to normal.February 14, 2019 at 2:20 pm #2216191
@Josh. Yeah i'm sure it varies by state. I applied to NY. and okay that makes sense. Yeah that cheat is super nice. I feel bad though for the people whose scores don't report on NASBA and therefore can't use the feature.February 14, 2019 at 2:23 pm #2216197
@steven yeah, agreed. I feel lucky to be in a NASBA state. Though our board only reviews license applications once per quarter so if I pass I still won't get processed until late April BUT I'm just going to focus on the positive of being done.February 15, 2019 at 9:17 am #2217019
I took REG on Feb 8 and I'm just waiting anxiously for my score…February 17, 2019 at 8:52 am #2220142
Definitely i'm certain it shifts by state. I connected to NY. what's more, OK that bodes well. Better believe it that cheat is very pleasant. I feel awful however for the general population whose scores don't provide details regarding NASBA and thusly can't utilize the element.February 18, 2019 at 4:11 pm #2222668
Been obsessing about my first exam experience (FAR) going on 7 days now. Maybe sharing will help others, or maybe not… or maybe it will just help me to move on and not focus on this darn test for just a couple of days! Only 8 to go. Sheesh, feels like an eternity.
Started studying for FAR in October using Roger’s materials. Finished the course, then went through the cram mid January. Did all the MCQs and Sims, including research and reviewed all right and wrong answers. Finished that and rewrote all my notes in a new notebook. 14 hour days studying on weekends and 2-3 hours per night during the week for 3 weeks leading up to d day, Feb 11. SmartPath said I was good in all areas. Still, was cramming up to the last second. Estimate I put in close to 200 hours.
Test started at 7:30 am. Didn’t sleep well the night before, but still felt good enough to do it.
Breezed through first set of MCQs in less than 30 mins and feeling good. Breezed through second set in 30 mins too (not sure how to take that). Started in on testlet 3 with 3 hours to go. Spent full 20 mins on research and kept thinking man these aren’t gimmes! Had a line on what to do with the rest of the questions but used the AL way more than I expected. Never even thought to do that when practicing, but it sure helped. Left nothing blank and at least made a good guess on the ones I wasn’t so sure on.
So here’s the rub… I walked out of that test feeling like I’d been hit by a truck. I mean, I’m a grown man and I felt like crying. Called my wife and said I definitely failed.
Did I do the calcs right? Did I get burned on the sneaky ones? On last question I did all the math and was about to hit submit 5 mins early when I said to myself, no use the time… checked my math and sure enough, I had used a variable in my head from the previous question. Scrambled to recalculate it all and triple check. Submitted pretty darn near the buzzer. But that’s only the one I caught.
Felt like crap for two days. And of course, everyone asking and giving me empathetic looks only makes it worse. Then I see some of these posts saying swore I failed but I got a 98! Rub number two… now I have hope, which is making me obsess even harder.
Either way I’m screwed. Pass and the clock starts ticking. Fail and I have to do it all over. Of course I would prefer the former, but this is just the first test. Ugh!
Best of luck to all and thank you for sharing your experiences. Only wish I checked this board before I took my exam.February 18, 2019 at 4:43 pm #2222767
@Otis I thought I would reply to ease your mind. If you studied you will be fine, and it sounds like you studied a ton! With that said, we are all our worst enemies and worst critics. This test beats every single one of us up at some point in one way or another. I am sure we have all walked out of this exam thinking we got hit by a truck. If you haven't, you are lucky! This is your first exam, you have got to be more positive in your outlook, or you will never get through it. The clock ticking is not as daunting as it seems. There is plenty of time if you make this exam your priority and do not take extended periods of time off and work your butt off! Try not to overthink it. Getting in your own head be it while studying for the exam or taking the exam will be your downfall if you let it. You got this! We have all been there. You are not alone.
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